Hawk of the Day
As I’ve said before, bare branches make for fine hawk watching.
From late summer through early fall, I wondered where Riverside Park’s red-tails were hanging out. A Parks employee told me to try the playground near Grant’s Tomb, but I found no raptors other than the bird on top of this little structure near the swings.
But over the past couple of weeks, to my great delight, I’m averaging a hawk a day.
A hawk a day! I see them circling, swooping and perching. They perch on branches.
They perch on buildings.
And they perch on water towers.
Today was a two hawk day. In the morning, I saw a hawk perched on a branch inside the park at 108th Street, and this afternoon, I saw one circling high over Riverside Drive and 114th Street. I can only hope I’ll have another opportunity for a close-up view, like the one I had last January, of a juvenile red-tail dining on squirrel.
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